Cold Water Burning Book Summary and Study Guide

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Bantam, Jan 2001, 23.95, 208 pp.
ISBN: 0553106430

    Three years ago in Sitka, Alaska, Richard Ewers was found not guilty of the murder of two adults and two children. Many people still believe Richard killed those four people in the infamous Mygirl deaths in which the killer burned the fishing boat to destroy the evidence. Private detective Cecil Younger helped the defense on the case.
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    Now, Richard's wife Patricia asks Cecil to help again as her spouse is missing along with $50,000. She believes her husband's enemies from that murder case have abducted him. Following the money trail, Cecil realizes he will probably learn what really happened three years ago. However, he never expected to have to go out to sea during a terrible storm just to find the answers.

    Award winning John Straley returns with a fabulous Younger tale that shows why the author deserves a much larger following. The story line uses the stark Alaskan landscape as a backdrop to a host of eccentric characters whom readers will adore in a Northern Exposure type of way. The mystery is well designed and entertaining with the action turning wild during the storm. Mr. Straley has written a first rate Alaskan mystery that will bring much pleasure to fans of the sub-genre.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   searching for treasure/artifacts Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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